Premier’s Award for VCE English
On Wednesday June 3rd, I was presented with the Premier’s Award for VCE English.
It was with great honour that I accepted this award, not only for myself but on behalf of all those who supported me and helped me to succeed. My family, in particular my parents and sister, did more for me than I know. I’m sorry that so often I would come home in a foul mood, and I am incredibly grateful for the immeasurably numerous contributions you made to my schooling, sanity and wellbeing throughout VCE.
All of my teachers, not just in year 12 but throughout my schooling, deserve a mention as well. A few in particular have been particularly exceptional, providing the right learning environment to not just encourage competence but inspire passion.
My classmates were a constant source of inspiration. The dedication in the face of adversity (VCE) that so many of them maintained through ups and downs was simply astonishing. Not only that, but so many of them were always willing to help with any problems I had. One of the greatest resources VCE students can draw upon is those around them.
I would like to extend a special thank you to the school itself. Princes Hill has always valued the kind of free thinking, expression and awareness that is so integral to my understanding of the world. The emphasis upon education for the sake of learning, and developing an extended world view, rather than simply spoon-feeding for exam scores, is beyond valuable. It is defining. To all you current VCE students, or more precisely, the 5 of you that are reading the newsletter for the first time in years in a desperate attempt to avoid more work, take note. In the stress-inducing months to come, search for the curiosity and hunger for knowledge within yourself. Care about what you learn, and it will ingrain itself upon your mind with ease. And what you will have gained is far more significant than any scores which come your way.
Gabe Dwyer - Class of 2014.